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Monday, November 12, 2007

Invertebrates 2: Vertebrates 0

If you aren't keeping score, Invertebrates 1: Vertebrates 0 was an octopus taking down a shark. Here we have a Vietnamese Giant Centipede (named Father Christmas by the proprietors of the YouTube video), Scolopendra subspinipes, taking down a typical mouse. This video was being watched by my intro bio students this morning while doing a "Diversity of Life" lab. This group was doing the animals and picked out the leech to do there class presentation on over any vertebrates. I am proud I must say. When discussing the leech reproduction, they referred to it "sexytime". Nice.


  1. That is the strangest use of Beethoven's Choral Symphony yet. The second movement of the 3rd Symphony would have been more appropriate: it's a funeral march.

  2. Mouse? Bah. Snatching a bat in mid-flight - now that's hardcore. As seen in this video from David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth.

  3. That was brilliant ed! i bought Life in the Undergrowth in April with the entire BBC Planet Earth series. I still haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Maybe I'll treat myself to watching it with a nice glass of Port when I finish my comprehensive exams in 2 weeks.

    peter, I think I'd prefer Feelin groovy by Simon & Garfunkel. Something happy and upbeat.

  4. Kevin - you'll love it! A must-watch for any invert fan - the macro photography alone is worth it.

    Have a care in episode 4, which is titled something like "Intimate Relations" but really should have been called "Why Wasps are B*st*rds".


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